The Romans associated frogs with harmony and life, they were sacred animals protected by Venus, connecting with the goddess’ licentiousness and fertility. The amphibious character of the frogs, living between water and earth, inspired Roman people to associate them with metamorphosis, transformation and regeneration. They were used as powerful charms in times of change. Frogs were also important characters in ancient mythology, in plays such as ‘The Frogs’, by Aristophanes and in the fables of Aesop and Phaedrus. In literature they are often portrayed as light-hearted and playful, they could be frivolous or quick to leap into things, rushing to decisions and usually getting in trouble.
For more information about the meanings of animals in Roman art, see our relevant blog post: Animal Symbolism in Roman Art.